In a not-so-shocking development, the Academy has revealed that the five original song nominees will be performed on the 92nd Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9. This is usually an Oscars tradition, although producers have eliminated some less known songs in the past. This year’s performers will include Oscar-nominees in this category, Randy Newman, Cynthia Erivo and Elton John. Oh, don’t worry, Idina Menzel is going to belt out “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II” and hopefully at a reasonable hour for the kids watching at home.
The Academy also announced that Questlove will make a special appearance and that Eimear Noone will guest-conduct a segment. Noone will become the first woman to conduct during an Oscars telecast. One can assume that Questlove is either opening the show or singing during the In Memoriam.
Here is a list of the Original Song nominees and the confirmed performers.
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from “Toy Story 4” – Performed by Randy Newman
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman” – Performed by Elton John
Music by Elton John; Lyric by Bernie Taupin
“I’m Standing With You” from “Breakthrough” – Performed by Chrissy Metz
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“Into The Unknown” from “Frozen II” – Performed by Idina Menzel and AURORA
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“Stand Up” from “Harriet” – Performed by Cynthia Erivo
Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo
And, yes, that is the same Chrissy Metz best known for her role on NBC’s “This Is Us.”
The Academy recently revealed that last year’s acting winners – Rami Malek, Olivia Colman, Mahershala Ali and Regina King – would return to present at this year’s ceremony. They promise more presenters will be revealed in the weeks to come.
The 92nd Academy Awards will be handed out on Feb. 9 live on ABC beginning at 5 PM PT, 8 PM ET